Confidence lost

I HAVE been a member of the St John Ambulance Toodyay Sub-Centre for about four years in a non-operational role as a weekend and relief phone coordinator.

The phone coordinators for the Toodyay sub-centre take calls from the State Communications Centre.

We are told the priority of the job, priority one being the highest for patients with possible life-threatening injuries or health issues – blue lights and sirens.

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Heather Appleby

Punished for speaking out

I FIND it very difficult to understand how a man who has been a servant of this community for decades can all of a sudden be stripped of his dignity and status by people who do not know him.

As a vollie, Charlie Wroth has been a pillar of this community with his commitment and generosity to both the firies and ambos.

So far we have not been given any legitimate reason as to why he is being punished for speaking out and questioning the workings of St John Ambulance (SJA).

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Dave Cornforth
Majestic Heights

Very poor and unfair

REGARDING the removal of the Toodyay Ambulance Sub-Centre chairperson by St John.

Three things.

Firstly, my condolences to Charlie and his family.

They have been treated very poorly and unfairly by St John.

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Wayne Fletcher

Sacked in secret

TOODYAY St John Ambulance Sub-Centre members heard of Charlie Wroth’s sacking via an after-hours email.

No reason was given and we remain uninformed.

Charlie and all other sub-centre chairpersons have been directed to remain silent, leaving Charlie open to scrutiny and personal defamation.

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Kerry Fletcher

‘Ol Blind Joe eyes wide open

I FOR one am glad for the alternate perspective and well-researched, lesser-known information offered by Stirling Hamilton in his Herald column Ol’ Blind Joe.

Historic and present-day manipulation of other countries and atrocities perpetrated in our name by the powers that be lead to generations of hatred.

No matter how much you dislike the customs of another culture, two wrongs don’t make a right.

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R. Barker

Headphones help memory

WE WOULD like to express our sincere thanks to the Toodyay Lions Club for their generous donation of $500 to purchase 11 Digitech Rechargeable Headphones for members of the Toodyay community who are living with memory loss/dementia.

The headphones with in-built FM radio, microphone and SD Card (to record music) are proving to be a huge success with the local recipients.

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Angi McCluskey
Memory Café

Outstanding job

BIG THANKS to Toodyay Cr Paula Greenway and the shire rangers – especially Chris – who helped with a situation that wasn’t your usual dog-related incident.

I won’t go into the details but a potentially messy situation for all involved was resolved in a timely manner without too much stress overall.

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Steve Weston

Too long for a letter

I RECENTLY submitted an opinion piece (more than 750 words) to The Toodyay Herald about the Toodyay Road upgrade.

I was told it could not be published because The Herald does not publish lengthy opinions from readers unless the author has a particular expertise in the subject,

I was invited to reduce it to half its length for publication as a Letter to the Editor but I can’t do that.

Anyone interested can contact me for a copy.

Bethan Lloyd

Horse saga on the nose

HOW SAD to read Dave Wakeman is being harassed by the shire and a neighbour because of a horse in rural Toodyay.

I am sure there are rules in place but the shire has been known to play loose with the rules on occasions, which it is entitled to do.

For instance, some years ago two non-conforming businesses were allowed to operate within a short distance of each other in Picnic Hill Road.

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Mike Andrijich

World-class opera in Toodyay

CONGRATULATIONS to the organisers and supporters of Opera in the Valley – a world-class, sold-out performance by Emma Pettemerides supported by Tommaso Pollio and Harriet Marshall.

Ms Pettemerides sparkled with a glint in her dazzling eyes, engaging smile and ability to draw the audience.

The repertoire included arias from the Marriage of Figaro and Die Fledermaus and contemporary songs.

It was an absolutely entertaining evening and an excuse to bring out the ‘glad rags’.

The proceeds of the evening went to support the running of 2020 Toodyay Musical Fest.

Toodyay is extremely fortunate to have such an exciting talent as Emma Pettemerides within our community.

Susan Pearce

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